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42-29867

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 28/2/43; Casper 13/3/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Dow Fd 30/4/43; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-A] Chelveston 12/7/43; transferred 535BS/381BG [MS-T] Ridgewell 22/8/43 LUCIFER II; {4+m} 544BS/384BG [SU-C] Grafton Underwood 4/10/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Walter Williams, Co-pilot: Bedford Candler, Navigator: Carl Abele, Bombardier: Tom Breen, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clyde Bush, Radio Operator: Tom Hanrahan, Ball turret gunner: Bill Genette, Waist gunner: Jim Deese, Waist gunner: Mike Henneberry (9 Prisoner of War),Tail gunner: Albt Wickline (evaded capture); enemy aircraft, bellied in near Metz, Fr. , repaired and used by KG200. Missing Air Crew Report 838.

Service

Units

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 544th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Carl Abele

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-17 42-29867 on Mission #115, 14 October 1943. Missing Air Crew Report #838. POW

  • Thomas Breen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29867. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report #838. POW

  • Clyde Bush

    Military | Technical Sergeant | MOS 748 Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29867. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air crew Report #838. POW

  • Bedford Candler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29867. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report #838.

  • James Deese

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29867. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report #838. POW

  • William Genette

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29867. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report #838 POW

  • Thomas Hanrahan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29867. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report #848. POW

  • Michael Henneberry

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29867. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air crew Report #838 POW

  • Albert Wickline

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29867. Prisoner of War (EVD). Missing Air crew Report #838.

  • Walter Williams

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29867. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report #838. POW

Places

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 14 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 838 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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